Heather is currently a PhD Student in Gender Comparative Studies, with a focus in Social and Cultural Anthropology. She began her PhD at CEU following her MA in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, Brighton, with academic honors. Her previous research experience includes participatory research with sexual and gender minority refugees (self identified) as a Research Associate with the Refugee Law Project of Makerere School of Law in Kampala, and working as a Research Assistant with the Institute of Development Studies Sexuality Programme. She most recently completed 8 months of ethnographic research in Accra, Ghana, while also working as a visiting researcher at the Centre for Popular Education and Human Rights, Ghana, and the Human Rights Advocacy Centre, both based in Accra. Heather is also an affiliated researcher with the Centre for the Study of Culture and Gender at the University of Ghent, Belgium.
Heather's current academic interests include:
Affect, Intimacy, Masculinities, Erotic Subjectivity, Digital Cultures, Globalization, NGOization, Biopolitics, Human Rights, Women's Rights, Black Feminist Theory, Post colonial/De Colonial Theory, Queer and Feminist Ethnographic Methods, Critical Development Studies
• 2018. "A Man With Boundaries: Female Masculinities, Technology and Counter publics in Urban Accra" in Gender and Sexuality in Africa Handbook, Routledge: Abingdon (forthcoming)
• 2015. Graham, Mark, Boyce, Paul, Engebretsen, Elisabeth L, Gonzalez-Polledo, E J, Hendriks, Thomas, Hossain, Adnan, Posocco, Silvia, Riley, Taylor, Renkin, Hadley Z and Tucker, Heather (2015) Anthropologists are talking about queer anthropology. Ethnos, 81 (2). pp. 364-377. ISSN 0014-1844
• 2014. “Queer Necropolitics and Embodiment in Africa: Thinking Through the Euro-Center.” Ethnographies of Gender and the Body. LOVA Journal 35. LOVA Network: The Netherlands Society for Gender Studies and Feminist Anthropology